Support Organizations

One Play at a Time – Historic Women Playwrights Initiative
An organization dedicated to promoting the study and production of women’s plays of the past in colleges, universities, and professional theatres throughout the country. The initiative challenges professors to dedicate one class period per semester on an historic play by a female playwright. To that end, the initiative has created:

  • A lesson plan guide for a 50-minute class
  • Suggestions for enrichment of the basic lesson plan
  • An Introduction by the renowned Judith Barlow, editor of two anthologies of women’s plays — Plays by American Women, 1900s – 1930s and Plays by American Women, 1930s – 1960s, and
  • List of suggested plays to teach.

Respond to historymattersbacktothefuture@gmail.com to participate.

Hedgebrook
Located on beautiful Whidbey Island near Seattle, Hedgebrook offers one of the few residency programs in the world exclusively dedicated to supporting the creative process of women writers, and bringing their work to the world through innovative public programs.  Hedgebrook supports visionary women writers working in all genres whose stories and ideas shape our culture now and for generations to come.

International Centre for Women Playwrights
Founded in 1988, this organization is focused on supporting women playwrights around the world by bringing international attention to their achievements, encouraging production, translation, and publication of their works; and providing means for communication and contact among the sister community of the world’s women dramatists.

League of Professional Theatre Women
Founded in 1980 by Julia Miles, this NYC-based organization is devoted to promoting visibility and increasing opportunities for women in professional theater.  They offer the prestigious Lucille Lortel award annually to an aspiring woman  in theater who shows creative promise, deserving of recognition and encouragement.

Strattera Foundation
Statera Foundation, founded in 2014 by Melinda Vaughn and Shelly Gaza and in the Statera Foundation, deriving its name from the Latin word for balance, endeavors to serve women in the theatre by expanding employment options, improving salary, and removing barriers to growth and achievement through mentorship, internship, research, outreach, networking, and support to empower them to reach their full potential by bridging the gap between passion, preparation, and opportunity.

Women Arts
Created in 1994 by Martha Richards, this organization has developed a worldwide network of artists and allies working for empowerment, opportunity, and visibility for women artists. They originated Support Women Artists Now Day (SWAN Day), an annual international holiday celebrating women’s creativity in all its forms.

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